Monday, 22 October, 2018

Nobel recipient inventor of 'God particle' passes away

Leon Lederman Leon Lederman Nobel laureate in physics – obituary
Kristen Harrington | 06 October, 2018, 21:54

Leon Lederman, the famous Physicist who invented the Higgs Boson, popularly known as the 'God particle, ' breathed his last at a nursing home in Rexburg, Idaho, at the ripe age of 96. His wife, Ellen Carr Lederman, told the outlet that they moved into to the cabin permanently when Lederman began to experience severe memory loss in 2011.

Lederman, a NY native born to Russian Jewish immigrants, served in the U.S. Army for three years during World War II.

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He's described as a giant in his field who also had a passion for sharing science, resulting in his book, "The God Particle".

The title refers to a subatomic particle long theorised until a powerful particle collider confirmed its existence. He sold his Nobel Prize for $765,000 at auction in 2015 to help cover the cost of care. Lederman won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics with two other Jewish-American scientists, Melvin Schwartz and Jack Steinberger, for discovering the presence of a "ghostlike" particle in the building blocks of matter. His health deteriorated over the course of the next seven years and he was forced to auction off his Nobel medal for $765,000 to help cover the medical expenses incurred during his treatment for dementia. Lederman earned a degree in chemistry from City College of NY in 1943, served three years in the U.S. Army during World War II, and then went to Columbia University where he received a Ph.D.in particle physics in 1951.

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Lederman, a son of Russian Jewish immigrants, grew up in New York City and was educated at public schools. In 1977, he led a team at Fermilab that discovered the subatomic particle called the bottom quark - a huge find in the world of physics.

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